Xiaodan Hu
Assistant Professor


Counseling, Adult and Higher Education (CAHE)

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests:

Xiaodan Hu is an Assistant Professor in the Adult and Higher Education Program. She obtained her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Policy from the University of Florida, where she served as a research fellow at the Institute of Higher Education. Her Master’s degree is in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hu teaches courses related to community college leadership, finance and policy, and higher education administration.

Her research typically employs quantitative methods to examine the impact of state policies and institutional initiatives, focusing on educational equity issues of historically underserved students and adult learners. She also studies the role of leadership and best practices in community colleges. Dr. Hu has recently written on the impact of performance-based funding, the pathway of upward transfer, and gender differences in STEM degree attainment.


  • Ph.D., University of Florida (Higher Education Administration)
  • M.S., Texas A&M University (Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education)
  • B.A., Beijing Forestry University (English) 

Xiaodan Hu


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